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China to Deploy Troops to Fight Alongside Syria Gov’t

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China is planning to send troops to Syria to aid Syrian Army forces in their fight against terrorism, according to the New Khaleej.

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According to informed sources, the move comes as China becomes increasingly concerned with the presence of Takfiri militants in the East Turkestan region, who have been sighted aiding opposition groups in Syria.

Last week, during a meeting with Syrian Presidential Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised the regime's efforts at tackling the militants from the "Islamic East Turkistan Movement".

The Syrian government said that some 5,000 fighters of Uyghur origin, an ethnic Muslim minority that Chinese authorities regularly accuse of terrorism, have arrived in Syria, illegally passing through Southeast Asia and Turkey.

The sources said that the Chinese Ministry of Defense intends to send two units known as the "Tigers of Siberia" and the "Night Tigers" from the Special Operations Forces to aid Syrian Army troops.

This is not the first time Chinese troops have crossed into Syria; in 2015 the Syrian government permitted some 5,000 soldiers to enter its territory as allied forces and stationed them in the Western region of Latakia. Chinese military advisors were also among the deployment, as well as naval and aerial assets.

China is one of the five veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council and, along with Russia, has used its power on more than one occasion to protect the interests of the Syrian government.

Russian support has given the government an upper hand in the six year-long war, especially as the battle against the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"] comes to an end.

More than half a million people are believed to have been killed since 2011. UN officials further estimate that some ten million people have been displaced as a result of the fighting.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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